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About the Ancestry.com World Archives Project

The Ancestry.com World Archives Project gives people everywhere a unique chance to help save the world's historical records — millions that might otherwise be lost. Anyone can participate by accessing record images in our system and entering relevant names, dates and other facts to make the information searchable online.

As part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project:

  • All indexes will remain free to the public on Ancestry.com.
  • Ancestry.co.uk will donate copies of record indexes and images from the project to partnering government archives and genealogy societies.
  • Images and indexes from the project will be available for free to patrons at thousands of subscribing libraries across the U.S.
  • Ancestry.co.uk will provide free advertising to partnering genealogy societies.

And coming soon:

  • Active contributors will be able to vote on which records the project indexes next.
  • Active contributors will receive free access to original images in the project’s databases.